Brazil police arrest former minister Paulo Bernardo: media

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Brasilia | Published: June 23, 2016 5:36:05 PM

Brazil police arrested former minister Paulo Bernardo and raided Workers Party headquarters in Sao Paulo on Thursday in the latest stage of its massive probe into corruption at state-run companies, Globo TV and O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper said.

Paoulo Bernardo 660 REBernardo was planning minister and communications minister during Workers Party administrations for about 10 years. Police also carried out searches at the house of his wife, Senator Gleisi Hoffmann, Globo TV said. (Reuters)

Brazil police arrested former minister Paulo Bernardo and raided Workers Party headquarters in Sao Paulo on Thursday in the latest stage of its massive probe into corruption at state-run companies, Globo TV and O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper said.

Bernardo was planning minister and communications minister during Workers Party administrations for about 10 years. Police also carried out searches at the house of his wife, Senator Gleisi Hoffmann, Globo TV said.

Bernardo and Hoffmann were indicted in March on charges of corruption for their suspected involvement in an illegal campaign finance scheme uncovered in 2014. They have denied any wrongdoing.

Brazilian police were not immediately available to comment on the reports.

Some of Brazil’s most powerful executives and politicians face charges or are in jail for taking kickbacks in public works and funnelling part of the money to fund political campaigns.

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